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The Last Days of Pisco

A Pisco pop-up? Yes please. For four days this month commencing today, founders Jennifer and Henrietta have created a menu of Peruvian inspired eats and drinks for the second round of their The Last Days of Pisco. Visitors can savour hearty Peruvian stews – showcasing several beloved potato varieties, infused with giant corn, hunks of tender meat and handfuls of fresh herbs – all topped with goodies including aji amarillo-infused oil and quinoa croutons. A £15 ticket includes a starter bowl of ceviche, with something special for afters. Pisco itself is the un-aged grape brandy from South America found in […]

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Flemings Mayfair

Top London hotel, Flemings Mayfair is a gorgeous 129 room boutique property converted from six Georgian townhouses with destination restaurant, The Grill and a sophisticated bar as well. And it’s just launched the perfect antidote to the winter blues: the UK’s most expensive murder mystery night! Breaking the bank at an eye-watering £11,500 for the one night, bespoke event, Flemings is offering 12 guests the chance to spend a evening of old fashioned decadence and deception while attempting to solve its exciting 1920s themed whodunit. Fleming’s newly opened luxurious Townhouse makes the perfect setting for a night of glamour and […]

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It’s a Wrap at W London

W London is getting festive with Christmas Cocktails, Rock Around Teas, Gift Wrap Service, Festive Film Club and a 12 Days of Christmas Twitter give-away this month.  Even the façade is getting an Xmas make-over thanks to a bespoke lighting design from Jason Bruges Studio. Retire from the commotion of Christmas shopping and enjoy a seasonal twist on W London’s signature Rock Afternoon Tea – the Rock Around Tea – £35 with an additional mince pie and glass of Pommery Apanage Rose. And from 10 to 22 December, tea also comes with an exclusive gift wrap service so you can […]

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Honky Tonk Launches Blues Bar

New York-inspired restaurant and bar, Honky Tonk will be opening its doors for a weekly party brunch that will rock Chelsea and chase away the January blues for good. West London’s hottest new bar and restaurant will serve up an all-American brunch menu alongside live music and entertainment, with a particular emphasis on a variation of the blues, jazz and rockabilly played over a hundred years ago when the first honky tonks sprung up in the Southern and Southwestern United States. 

 Diners can tuck into breakfast classics such as French Toast with Maple Syrup and Vanilla Cream, Smoked Haddock Kedgeree, Eggs Benedict and the Full […]

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Saturday Lunch at The Grove

The newly refurbished gastro pub situated in South London’s popular suburb, Balham, has also just re-launched their menu. As a resident of Balham and within walking distance of the pub, it was hard to resist the opportunity to go and taste their new Eastern American/British influenced menu. The revamp has done wonders and immediately walking into the restaurant there was a cosy and intimate atmosphere in a quirky and light space. To start, I had mussels with smoked bacon and pale ale. Sophie had the smoked rainbow trout and roasted chilli fish cakes. The tastes from the juices were delicious […]

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Saturday Lunch at The Grove

The newly refurbished gastro pub situated in South London’s popular suburb, Balham, has also just re-launched their menu. As a resident of Balham and within walking distance of the pub, it was hard to resist the opportunity to go and taste their new Eastern American/British influenced menu. The revamp has done wonders and immediately walking into the restaurant there was a cosy and intimate atmosphere in a quirky and light space. To start, I had mussels with smoked bacon and pale ale. Sophie had the smoked rainbow trout and roasted chilli fish cakes. The tastes from the juices were delicious […]

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51 Buckingham Gate…

51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites & Residences London has just unveiled its new Cinema Suite created by acclaimed Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.   The 1,832 square foot, two bedroom suite comprising dining room, study, powder room and kitchen has been designed in tribute to the history of film and takes inspiration from motion pictures across the globe. The opening ushers in the 100th anniversary of Indian film next year. The suite at 51 Buckingham Gate takes inspiration from the 1940s and 1950s Hollywood as well as the Indian Cinema of the 1950s.  The imposing study references Ray, Francis Ford Coppola and […]

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Thai Square Spa

OK so it’s cold. And we’re wishing we were in Thailand. Next best thing? Our new spa discovery – Thai Square Spa. It opened its doors just under a year ago in Covent Garden and is absolutely the next best thing since Phad Thai! Priding itself on being the only proper traditional Thai spa experience in the UK, it lives in a lovely converted Victorian warehouse on Shelton Street, with 14 treatment rooms, a Mosaic Steam Rasul and even a VIP suite for couples or groups with twin treatment beds and its own lounge and steam room.  A million miles […]

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City Concierge

If you feel there are simply not enough hours in the day and don’t have the luxury of your own Miss Moneypenny, we’ve just discovered a service that will take the stress out of everyday living – enabling you to simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Welcome to the world of City Concierge offering a wide range of exclusive tailored services for your every whim. The company boasts extensive contacts and solid experience across the entertainment industry, which means they can do everything from booking VIP access to sell-out concerts to organising private events in exclusive nightclubs and even […]

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COS does Clifton

  In the run up to Christmas, COS has just launched a pop -up store at London’s Clifton Nurseries for a week. Clifton Nurseries has been a green haven of tranquillity and inspiration in the bustling city for 160 years. Based in central London, it offers an extensive collection of outdoor plants, garden furniture and pottery along with indoor, tropical and conservatory plants as well as beautiful Christmas trees. So as our thoughts turn to the important Nordic matter of the festive tree, we need the design led wardrobe to back up the aesthetic right?! Well that seems to be […]

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Cocktails at the opening of the Churchill bar and terrace

The Churchill Bar and Terrace officially opened at The Hyatt Regency London yesterday and The Handbook went down to take a peek. One of the most striking elements is the attention to detail in the interior and design of the bar which is based on the young Churchill and his immense love for his wife, Clementine. Whether it is the knitted animals on the bookshelves, the little sketches of the animals on the menus, which Churchill and Clementine used to sign off their love letters or the personal photographs donated by his daughter everything reflects the Churchill behind the politician. The […]

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Gary Card’s Electric Christmas

Another week another Christmas-Lights-Switching-On-Ceremony (by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christis). But this one at uber-hip The Kings Cross Filling Station (KXFS) was definitely the coolest on the block. Together with Vauxhall Motors, it commissioned set designer and illustrator Gary Card, to create an Electric Christmas tree lighting up Regents Canal as part of the Vauxhall Ampera Season. Card created a giant, electric tree made up of and powered by engine parts from the Ampera car!  Card is famous for his sets and installations for the likes of Dover Street Market, Liberty, Topshop and Uniqlo while his work has appeared […]

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